January 2020
Dear NCHS Family,
Welcome to a new year! I hope everyone had a restful break and enjoyed the holidays. The start of school, after a significant break, always provides a good opportunity to re-establish a focus on learning. New Canaan High School is excited to begin the second half of the school year. As we ring in the new year, we see this as an opportunity to check in with students and families to ensure that our students are on-track, prepared and ready for the second half of the year. Please remember that we are about two weeks away from exams and three weeks away from the start of a new semester and that any time spent to complete assignments and on structured study will pay off at the end of this semester.

I look forward to a rewarding year in 2020. I wish you all personal, academic and professional happiness. Thank you to our faculty and staff for making our school an exciting and dynamic place to learn.

We are happy to share that an endowed scholarship has been anonymously donated in honor of New Canaan’s Wrestling coach, Paul Gallo! His dedication and commitment to the school and sport are legendary. NCHS Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) represents a broad-based community effort to provide financial aid to deserving NCHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate level. There are several ways and levels to give, please visit  NCSF for more information and consider donating to provide scholarships for higher education to our 2020 graduates and beyond. 
Wishing you all the very best in 2020!

Bill Egan
PFA General Meeting
NCHS PFA and Saxe PTC Present:
Superintendent Bryan Luizzi presents the 2020-2021 Budget
Wednesday, January 15th
9:30am, NCHS Wagner Room
Join us for the first PFA General Meeting of 2020 on Jan 15th at 9:30am. Superintendent Bryan Luizzi will be on hand to talk about the 2020-21 budgeting process and answer general questions from the group.
PFA Nominating
The Nominating Committee will be meeting to fill positions for next year's 2020-2021 PFA Board and Board Committees. We would love to see more people get involved! Please email the PFA at [email protected] to let us know how you want to help! Include the positions you would be interested in or any specific interests you have.  Click here to see a description of the chair positions.
Mid-Term Staff Appreciation Lunch
Food Donations & Volunteers Needed!
Thursday, January 16th
NCHS Wagner Room

Let's give a big "THANK YOU!" to the faculty, administration, and staff for all they do (...and maybe put the teachers in a good mood for grading those mid-terms too!).
Please click here to help out.

Questions? Contact Marnie Zaffino or Anita Bausman
NCHS Scholarship Foundation
Make a difference in a student's life - please make a gift to the NCHS Scholarship Foundation.

NCHS Scholarship Foundation (NCSF) represents a broad-based community effort to provide financial aid to deserving NCHS graduates who are pursuing higher education at the undergraduate level. There are several ways and levels to give, please visit  NCSF for more information...

SAVE THE DATE for our annual fundraiser, the NC Color Run - to be held on April 25th. Stay tuned for more details!
Grade Level Parent Meetings & Information
10th Grade, Sophomores
Save The Date!
NCHS Sophomore Parents Program*
Thursday, February 6th
8:00am, Wagner Room
Creating a College Testing Plan - Learn the differences between the ACT and the SAT and how to plan for either. Look for more information soon.

*Denotes Guidance Counseling Programs
11th Grade, Juniors
NCHS Junior Parents College Planning Program*
Thursday, January 9th
7:00pm, NCHS Classrooms
Counselors will meet with the parents of juniors to speak about the college admissions process and what to expect in the coming months. The meetings will be held in classrooms. Stay tuned for more information.

Junior Parent Naviance Training*
Wednesday, January 29th
8:00am, NCHS Wagner Room
There will be a program for parents of current juniors only who would like to learn more about Naviance.

*Denotes Guidance Counseling Programs
12th Grade, Seniors

 NCHS 2020 Post Prom Party
Friday, May 15th
11:59pm, Waveny House

We are already booking entertainment, gathering prizes, and reserving tents. Please make your Post Prom donation now so we have sufficient funds to continue planning for this amazing event for your senior!

Make your Post Prom donation now! Click here!

 Desperately Seeking Senior Photos!
Needed for the Post Prom Senior Video:
  • Candid Group Shots of 3+ Seniors
  • Any High School Event
  • From Any of the 4 Years of High School
  • JPG Format with Good Resolution
  • Please Identify Students with Names in the Email
  • Email to: [email protected]

Questions? Contact Senior Video Chairperson, Mike Mottolese
Save The Date:
Friday, March 27th
7:00pm, NCHS Auditorium
Get ready to shake it up this year with the second annual RAM JAM!! See our Seniors lip sync, perform live music and yes — strut the catwalk too. You won't want to miss...mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!
Counseling News
Mark Your Calendars Now!
Upcoming Testing Dates

February 8th - ACT
March 14th - SAT
April 4th - ACT*
May 2nd - SAT*
June 6th - SAT*
June 13th - ACT
July 18th - ACT
*Denotes NCHS as testing location

 SAT/Subject Tests may be registered for at www.collegeboard.org
ACT may be registered for at www.actstudent.org

Gap Year Fair
Wednesday, January 8th, 6:00-8:30pm
Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Rd
Click here to register for the event.

Summer Programs:
Periodically through the winter months, there will be representatives from summer programs visiting the NCHS cafeteria during lunch.
Rustic Pathways January 29th.
School News & Notices
New Canaan High School Theatre
NCHS 30th Annual Drama Festival, OK, BYE!
Friday, January 24th
Saturday, January 25th
7:00pm, NCHS Auditorium

NCHS Theatre's Annual Drama Festival features one-act plays written by students who enter a theme-based play. Winners are selected to be produced and students are in charge of all aspects of the production: writing, directing, casting, costumes, lighting, sound, etc... 
1st Place - The Ghost of Her - by Lynaea Pace
2nd Place - Love Always - by Emma Cody
3rd Place - Movie Night Lights - by Fiona Stevens
4th Place - Loon Lake - by Emma Turner
Honorable Mention - Sex Ed - by Helen Culpepper
Honorable Mention - The Waiting Room - by Avery Russey

Tickets will be sold at the door only starting at 6:30pm (Cash or Check please) 
$12- General Admission. Lobby Box Office opens at 6:30pm.

For ticket inquiries please email [email protected]
• Purchase Tickets
• Get Season Info
• Advertise in our Programs 
• Get Audition Details
NCHS Athletic Department
A Letter from our Athletic Director
Welcome back! Winter sports are off to a fantastic start. 

As a reminder, admission will be charged for all home Boys & Girls Varsity Basketball Games. Adults are $5.00/seniors (age 65+) and non-NCHS students are $3.00. NCHS students are free and NC Rams Booster Members have 1-6 tickets included in their membership. Booster members also have tickets for home Varsity Hockey games at Darien Ice House. You must have your membership card in hand. The rink does not have a membership list. 

All NCHS games played in the Main Gym are streamed live! Go to ncrams.com and click on “Live Streaming” to access these games. You can purchase monthly, season, or annual passes.

If you would like to sign up for changes/notifications, please go to Arbiter Live (arbiterlive.com) and choose the sport you would like to follow. Please note, the schedules on Arbiter Live are not complete until officials are assigned to games. Please use ncrams.com for schedules and Arbiter Live for notifications only.

The NC Rams All Sports Booster Club supports every NCHS athlete (FCIAC sports) in every season. We could not maintain the quality of our athletic programs without your support! Please go to ncrams.com and join today. Thank you for supporting NCHS Winter Sports. Please come out and support the Rams!

Jay Egan
Director, NCHS Athletics
Board Of Education
December 6th 2019 BOE Workshop:
The discussion of a new school start time prototype, with all three elementary schools (East, South, and West) starting at 7:45am, Saxe Middle School 7/8 and NCHS starting at 8:30am, and Saxe Middle School 5/6 starting at 9:15am, centered around its school bus schedule pick-up and drop-off times.
For BOE minutes click here.

December 9th, 2019 BOE Workshop:
Tonight’s meeting was an informal workshop in which the district’s budget managers presented an overview of their areas of responsibility, offering an opportunity for Board members to learn about and discuss items under consideration at this stage of the budget development. The 31⁄2 hour session did not include specific budget figures. Presenters were also asked to evaluate the latest school start and end time prototype and comment on how that scenario would affect their specific areas.
For BOE minutes click here.

December 13th, 2019 BOE Resources Meeting:
The board reviewed budget assumptions for 2020-2021. Presenters were asked to evaluate the latest school start and end time prototype and comment on how that scenario would affect their specific areas.
For BOE minutes click here.

December 16th, 2019 BOE Meeting:
Dr. Luizzi updated the board on school start and end times.
For BOE minutes click here.
For video of meeting click here.

Next BOE Meeting: January 6th. Proposed items: Superintendent’s Budget Presentation, 1st read of Superintendent’s Budget, 7:00pm in the Wagner Room.
Thanks to the Following People for All of Their Hard Work!
The PFA's sincerest gratitude goes to:
A heartfelt thanks for those who supported the Guidance Department and helped coordinate the Alumni Roundtable Event. Many 2019 NCHS alums were on hand to offer wisdom and advice around college life to current Seniors. Thank you to Karen Wilson, Courtney Grigsby, Heather Budnick, and Ally Dunlap for your time and efforts!
Community Event
New Canaan Cares Presents:

Discussion: How to Raise an Adult
Facilitated by Ellen Brezovsky
Tuesday, January 16th
6:30pm, Elm Street Books
Join other parents to talk about how to prepare our kids for success. Space is limited, please pre-register at newcanaanCARES.org
Service League of Boys (SLOBs)

General Meeting
Saturday, January 18th
2:30pm, NCHS Cafeteria
All SLOBs should plan on attending our first meeting of the new year. Members must attend 4 of 5 meetings and January 18th will be our 3rd meeting.

Interested in being on the SLOBs board next year? Login to the SLOBs website and go to the documents tab under "About SLOBs" for information about the positions and to nominate yourself.
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